Tag: French wine

Château Joanin Bécot Castillon – Côtes de Bordeaux 2015, France



It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

On the nose black plums, currants, oak, light vanilla, spices, dark chocolates, black pepper, herbs, tobacco leaf, earth and light forest floor.

Medium bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with currants, black plums, cherries, tobacco, oak, green vegetables, chocolates, earth, herbs and black pepper.

Medium on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a tasty Merlot blend from Bordeaux. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel.

I had this vintage a couple of years ago, and it is drinking much better now.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 90 minutes of airtime.

A good food wine that I paired with cheeses and crackers.

A blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 16 months in (60% new) French Oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$30.

Chateau Bellefont-Belcier Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé 2017, Bordeaux, France


It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

This is a very tasty Merlot based blend from Saint Emilion.

Full-bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with nice complexity.

Showing blueberries, black plums, cooked cherries, cola, chocolates, light vanilla, oak, light vegetables, herbs and black pepper.

Still young and needs three to five years in the bottle to mature. Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

I had it a few months ago and this time I gave it 24 hours to open up in the bottle. Much better this way.

Good by itself or with food. I enjoyed it with Camembert cheese and crackers.

A blend of 68% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc.

15% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$60.

Chateau de Vaudieu Amiral G. Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2012, Rhône, France


This is a delicious 10 year old Grenache from Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Medium plus in body and fruit forward, with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Dry on the palate with medium acidity and a beautiful flowery nose.

Showing black fruits with oak, licorice, spices, tobacco, herbs, leather, earth, peppercorn, cola and chocolates.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a wonderful wine at this point. Easy drinking right out of the bottle, and so much better after 4 hours of airtime.

I had this vintage 2 years ago and loved it as well. Peaking now, and will continue to drink nicely in the next 5 to 10 years.

This delicious wine, from a good vintage in Southern Rhône, is showing great balance.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

100% Grenache grapes were aged for 18 months in new large oak barrels.

15% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$90.

Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon Rosé Champagne 2006, France





Orange in color.

On the nose raspberries, citrus, strawberries, limes, green apples, yeast, spices and minerals.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and medium sized bubbles.

Dry on the palate with lemons, raspberries, strawberries, spices, earth, minerals, green apples, herbs and white pepper.

Nice finish with bitter herbs.

This 16 year old Rosé Champagne still feels very young and fresh. Not as much yeast /bread notes as I expected at this point.

Well balanced with a nice mouthfeel, and drinks very nicely now.

Needs an hour to open up properly, and better when not too cold.

Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years.

A great sipping wine, and good with food too. Spicy, rich and entertaining.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$400.

Chateau Royaumont Lalande de Pomerol 2018 Bordeaux, France



It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Deep purple in color with a short reddish rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, cooked plums, ripe cherries, earth, cedar, licorice, eucalyptus, spices, chocolates, dark coffee and peppercorn.

Full-bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with plums, black currants, coffee, oak, vanilla, spices, licorice, peppercorn, dark coffee, tobacco leaf, earth and light black tea.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Merlot based blend from Bordeaux. Showing nice complexity, a teeth staining color, and a nice mouthfeel.

Still young and will be even better in the next 10 to 15 years.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after a couple of hours.

Very enjoyable by itself or with food. I paired it with a roasted lamb dish.

A blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. Kosher and not Mevushal.

15% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$50.

Famille Gonnet Font du Vent Cuvée Tradition Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2019, France




Dark cherry in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose raspberries, strawberries, cherries, light oak, spices, herbs, earth, dried meats, wild flowers, garrigue, tobacco leaf and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, black currants, blueberries, light wood, earth, dark coffee, light bitter herbs and peppercorn.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Grenache blend from Southern Rhone. Elegant and interesting.

Tangy and spicy with lots of fruits. Nicely balanced with nice complexity.

This 3-year-old is drinking very nicely now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 5 years.

Easy drinking and better after 90 minutes in the decanter.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$50.

Domaine des Marronniers Chablis Les Marronniers Premier Cru 2018, Burgundy, France




Pretty golden in color.

On the nose pears, apples, citrus, light wood, light spices, earth and minerals.

Medium plus in body and elegant, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with lemons, ripe citrus fruits, apples, bitter herbs, spices, light oak, earth, vanilla and white pepper.

Long finish with almonds and spices.

This is a delicious Chardonnay from Burgundy. Well-balanced with an elegant mouthfeel.

This 4 year old is showing nice complexity now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

I had it before, and it is drinking even better now.

A good quality wine. Good right out of the bottle and better when not too cold.

Fruit forward and luxurious. Rich and focused.

Kosher and not Mevushal.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$45.

Chateau Auney L’Hermitage Graves Rouge 2014, Bordeaux, France


It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Nose of black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, cloves, vanilla, licorice, herbs, tobacco leaf, black tea, black pepper, coffee, pencil lead and earth.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, currants, oak, light vanilla, spices, dark chocolates, earth, peppercorn, herbs, tobacco leaf and light forest floor.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a tasty Merlot blend from Graves. A unique blend for this region.

Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Tangy and interesting.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 2 hours of airtime.

Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

A good food wine and good by itself too. Will pair nicely with BBQ Meats.

A blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec. Aged for 15 months in French oak barrels.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$30.

Chateau Bellefont-Belcier Saint Émilion Grand Cru Classé 2018, Bordeaux, France



It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here’s a delicious one from Saint Emilion.

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of blackcurrants, black plums, vanilla, dark coffee, oak, chocolates, fresh herbs, tobacco leaf, light black tea and black pepper.

Full-bodied and soft with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, peppercorn, tobacco, chocolates and dark coffee.

Nice length on the finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Merlot based red blend from Bordeaux. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 2 hours of airtime.

I had it a year ago, and it is drinking much better now. Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 to 15 years.

Tasty and spicy. Rich and elegant.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 68% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged in French oak barrels (30% new).

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$50.

Laurent-Perrier Brut Cuvée Champagne Rosé Non Vintage, France


This is a delicious Rosé Champagne.

Light salmon in color with a peachy hue.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Nicely balanced with medium sized bubbles.

Showing raspberries, limes, citrus, green apples, grapefruits, herbs, yeast, spices, sea salt and minerals.

Needs 45 minutes to air properly, bring in more complexity, and smooth out the bubbles.

Rich and full of delicious red fruits, with a smooth mouthfeel. Not bitter nor tart, which I just loved. Tangy and interesting.

Easy drinking and good by itself, especially once it opens up, and good with food too.

A good choice to drink on the boat, with some beautiful weather.

100% Pinot Noir grapes.

12% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$75.